Sitting Back Before Talking About the PyCon Incident / What IS a Developer Evangelist, Anyway?

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In the wake of the PyCon 2013 “Dongle” incident and the ensuing fallout, the emails — but notably, no tweets, Facebook comments or any sort of messages delivered in the open  — have been trickling in, asking what my thoughts on the matter were, given that:

My answer: wait.


With the intersection of a lot of “hot button” issues: privacy, privilege, sexism, racism, back-and-forth accusations of misogyny and misandry and conflicting visions of justice, there’s been far too much bile being passed back and forth for listening and civil discourse to take place.

(If you really must read something on the topic, Amanda Blum’s take on it in her blog most closely aligns with my own point of view.)

I’d like my contribution to the discussion to be one that benefits rather than harms, and you can’t do that by “shooting from the hip”. That will take time and thought, care and consideration.

In the meantime, since the incident has caused more than a few people to ask “What is a developer evangelist, anyway?” Here are some links you may find useful:

…and here’s an article about how well I evangelized evangelism.

This article also appears in The Adventures of Accordion Guy in the 21st Century.

2 replies on “Sitting Back Before Talking About the PyCon Incident / What IS a Developer Evangelist, Anyway?”

Thanks for letting us know about this. It was definitely below *my* radar. Maybe because I don’t currently do Python. Maybe because I’m nose-down on a project. Looking forward to a full analysis posting.

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